For the most part, systems solutions providers were in tune with how much importance their clients placed on each technology. DR/BC projects were viewed as the most essential type of infrastructure projects, followed by server virtualization. Desktop virtualization projects have the lowest priority for 2009, which suggests that systems solutions providers and users have not yet realized the benefits that this technology could bring to their environments.
The main source of discord among survey respondents came from Windows Server 2008 projects. Systems solutions providers see migration to the server as a priority, whereas users don't recognize upgrading as a significant concern. Users are most concerned with projects and technologies that can save them money during the recession. The IT priorities 2009 survey results revealed that about 60% of users and VARs anticipate future budget cuts, so there's a low probability of heavy investments in infrastructure projects.